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The hopes of building a new multipurpose community hub in Mt Druitt has moved closer to reality after receiving a $4 million funding boost today from the Federal Government.
The announcement was made by Federal Minister Anthony Albanese, who was welcomed to Mt Druitt by Federal Member for Chifley, Roger Price, Blacktown Mayor, Cr Charlie Lowles and new Labor Candidate for Chifley, Ed Husic.
Mr Albanese said the Government would be providing $4 million to Blacktown Council to help build the centre at Mt Druitt Library.
This project has been a priority for Blacktown Council for a number of years and they have been seeking the support of the Federal Government for it to proceed.
Mayor of Blacktown City, Councillor Charlie Lowles welcomed the funding saying it was a great boost for the local community of Mt Druitt.
"The project will further help Council bridge the digital divide, ensuring that the residents of Blacktown City have equitable access to computer technology. It will bring enormous benefit to the residents living in Mt Druitt and the surrounding suburbs," Cr Lowles said.
Mr Price said, "This project is expected to support 35 jobs during construction, as well as another five jobs longer term. It will make a huge difference to this community and provide comfortable facilities for the many community workers, both paid and volunteer who service Mt Druitt."
Labor candidate for Chifley, Ed Husic said, "Libraries have traditionally opened up a world of information to local communities. Using the Mt Druitt Library as platform, this new centre will open up opportunities for locals to access information in a modern way.
"And with the training services that can be provided through the Centre, local residents - no matter what age they are - will have new opportunities to better their lives.
"Blacktown Council should get a big pat on the back for the concept - it's also terrific to see Federal and Local arms of government team up this way to make a difference for Mt Druitt residents."
The project is expected to include:
- construction of a second floor on the existing Mt Druitt Branch Library and Senior Citizens Centre to nearly double its size to 3,900 square metres;
- new training and meeting rooms which will be able to host homework facilities for children, small business and TAFE outreach courses, support and counselling services as well as house community organisations;
- expansion of the library space to provide more computer access through reconfiguration of the ground floor;
- new Senior Citizens Centre with lift access;
- use of energy efficient and sustainable construction materials.
The funding announced is conditional upon Council formalising a contract with the Government and meeting relevant conditions.
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